Rush Announces Centennial Anniversary Plans at Leadership Luncheon

Rush 100 Years - My Brother's Keeper A Century of Service, a Promise for the FutureMERIDIAN, MS . . . Physicians, board members, administrators and department managers of Rush Health Systems joined community leaders for a special luncheon today at which Ken Kaufman, a highly respected authority in the healthcare industry spoke.  Kaufman is the principal of Kaufman, Hall & Associates, Inc., a healthcare consulting firm based in Skokie, IL.

Kaufman’s key message in summary was, “Healthcare providers must be willing to re-design their delivery system and do everything they can to control costs to be able to remain viable and to thrive.  And, they must be ready to do this at a fast and furious pace.”

Wallace Strickland, CEO of Rush Health Systems unveiled the special centennial logo and tagline and also shared some of the health system’s plans for 2015, when the 100th anniversary of Rush Foundation Hospital will be celebrated. 

“In 1915, Dr. And Mrs. J.H. Rush founded the Rush Infirmary, a bed hospital they built to give Dr. Rush's patients the kind of care they wanted them to receive.  Through the hard work and dedication of many individuals, and through the grace of God, that first hospital has grown to become a health system comprised of seven hospitals and thirty clinics employing over 3300 caregivers,” Strickland said in his opening remarks.

“Two special programs you will hear and see during our anniversary year are Rush Family Traditions, a tribute to the many groups of family members who share or have shared their time and talents at Rush and 100 Acts of Community Caring, a project where our Rush Foundation Hospital departments, affiliated hospitals and clinics will be asked to sponsor a community service project, in the spirit of honoring our commitment to be our Brother's Keeper, and keep that spirit alive and thriving at Rush, and in the communities we serve today.”

Strickland added that the celebration would continue throughout 2015 and added, “During the yearlong 100th anniversary celebration we will celebrate our rich history and our people, we will reach out to the communities we serve and we will work to prepare ourselves  as best we can to continue to be a strong, dynamic organization in the future.  There will be a number of other special events we will reveal as the year unfolds and we look forward to sharing those with you,” he said.